Each of the girls is discovered as a baby by Matthew Brown Great-Uncle-Matthew, known as "Gum" , an elderly, absentminded palaeontologist and professor, during his world travels, and sent home to his great-niece, Sylvia and her childhood nanny, Nana. Gum embarks upon an expedition of many years and arranges for money to support the family while he is gone. Gum does not return in the promised five years and the money is almost gone. As they have no way to contact or track him down, Sylvia and Nana take in boarders to make ends meet, including Mr. Simpson and his wife, Dr. Jakes and Dr.
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She was born on Christmas Eve, , the daughter of William Champion Streatfeild and Janet Venn and the second of six children to be born to the couple. Ruth and Noel attended Hastings and St. As an adult, she began theater work, and spent approximately 10 years in the theater.
When things took a turn for the worse on the Front in she moved to London and obtained a job making munitions in Woolwich Arsenal. In , she began writing her first adult novel, The Whicharts, published in In June , she was elected to membership of PEN. In 28 September , when Ballet Shoes was published, it became an immediate best seller.
Elder sister Ruth Gervis illustrated the book, which was published on the 28th September, The first known book to be set at a stage school, the first ballet story to be set in London, the first to feature upper middle class society, the first to show the limits of amateurism and possibly the first to show children as self-reliant, able to survive without running to grownups when things went wrong. She won the Carnegie gold medal in February for this book.
On May 10th, , her flat was destroyed by a bomb. Early in s, she decided to stop writing adult novels, but did write some autobiographical novels, such as A Vicarage Family in She also had written 12 romance novels under the pen name "Susan Scarlett. From July to December , she suffered a series of small strokes and moved into a nursing home.
On 11 September , she passed away in a nursing home.
Noel Streatfeild 2-book Collection: Thursday’s Child and Far to Go
The three girls have been adopted by Great Uncle Matthew and left in the care of his niece Sylvia while he goes off on another expedition. He is absent a long time and the money he leaves runs out, so their guardian takes in boarders and the girls find work on the stage. How will this work out for them? This is the fourth post in the Bookword Decades Project. One theme has emerged and is continued in this classic. This theme is the absence of parents. Ballet Shoes The novel is set in London in the period between the world wars.
She was born on Christmas Eve, , the daughter of William Champion Streatfeild and Janet Venn and the second of six children to be born to the couple. Ruth and Noel attended Hastings and St. As an adult, she began theater work, and spent approximately 10 years in the theater. When things took a turn for the worse on the Front in she moved to London and obtained a job making munitions in Woolwich Arsenal.